Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kemp, Ullman, Wells First Idaho Women to Run for Governor In a Long Time

Posted By on Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Tamara Wells
  • Tamara Wells
Jana Kemp, Sharon Ullman and Tamara Wells are the first Idaho women to run for governor since 1916; Ullman and Wells are likely the only Republican women ever to file, according to the Secretary of State's elections division.

In 1916 a woman named Annie Triplow ran for Idaho governor on the Socialist Party ticket. She garnered only 5.44 percent of the vote.

Jana Kemp
  • Jana Kemp
The Secretary of State's Office told Wells she was the first when she registered for the Republican primary, and her husband, Greg Wells said she was eager to capture the female vote. But then Ullman filed as well, and independent Jana Kemp has been running for a long time now.

Wells owns A1 Wigs in Hayden and is a trichologist, an expert in hair and hair loss.

Lisa Mason at the Secretary of State's Office went back through elections past and found that Triplow was the only female to run for governor in Idaho history.

Ullman was surprised, but acknowledged that plenty of Idaho women have been involved in politics.

Sharon Ullman
  • Sharon Ullman
"It’s 2010," she said. "There have been a lot of women before us."

Ask Ullman and Wells anything you like at Electionland.

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